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Streetsboro City Schools Financial Q&A

I am reviewing recent 5-year Forecasts. There seems to be a large variance in lines 3.03 (Purchased Services) and 3.04 (Supplies & Materials). This amounts to $600k cost increase from 2018-05 to 2018-10. What changed in 5 months that had a $600k impact on our district finances? These appear to be areas where we should have a great degree of control over expenditures.

Five year forecasts are projections/estimates. Purchased services is an area that expenditures can flucuate based off of occurrences in the District. For example, legal fees are a variable cost based off of different situations that arise within a fiscal year. Other variable purchased service costs can include utilities, contracted services, special education costs, ESC costs, copier lease agreements and computer services. The District has incurred some new purchased service costs in order to best serve the students. Supply expenditures can include items like educational supplies, textbooks, software, office supplies, maintenance supplies and fuel. The District does have a little more control over these expenditures when compared to purchased service expenditures and is working to control these expenses, which is why the forecasts projects $500,000 on this line from FY 20 through FY 2023.

We cannot look back and must look forward. They levy was put on the ballot at a very late date that we are now faced with significant cuts. The district continues to struggle with communication. The information is not getting out to the public in a clear and consistent matter. All of the information provided prior to the November ballot was very late and incomplete. There was a collection of concerns and questions in regards to why people voted no. Where is that information and how is it being utilized? Why aren't we hosting community forums in the HS auditorium to address the community.

The Levy Committee asked for feedback regarding the last levy. That information was compiled by them and shared with the district. The Levy Committee plans to use some of the feedback to help address concerns of the public for the next levy. The primary issues presented were better communication and transparency. Also, we did not hold community forums in the auditorium because we would also have to allow any opposition groups equal access to our facilities. This is why the coffee talks and meetings were held off-sight.

Can you clarify the new rule regarding the temperatures in the buildings? Is this going to save a significant amount of money? What is the temperature turned down to in the schools once students leave? How does that impact the community groups using the buildings? How long does it take for the schools to warm up in the morning?

The district turned the temperature back in all of the buildings from 71 to 68 degrees. Additionally, we are beginning the warm-up process an hour before students arrive in the morning instead of 4 a.m. The buildings take a few hours to warm up (depending on the space-large spaces take longer) and will feel noticably colder in the mornings. We are hoping this will save some money in utility costs. However, we are currently trying to balance the temperatures in all areas so that they are at 68 degrees. Some areas have been colder than this and we are working to address this issue. Finally, the heat is being cut back in the evenings unless a school event is taking place. Community groups that use the building will notice the building is colder as we are not maintaining heat settings for the community groups.

Why was the community not told how bad off the schools were? It takes several try’s to pass a levy more than not. I want to know why this was not brought to our attention a year ago. This is the second time I have asked this on here and am beginning to believe once again the communication you all spoke of at the meeting last night was just words, no action. So on behalf of many I will ask again, why were taxpayers only let in on how bad off the schools were until now? The administration had to have known several years back.

The board has been discussing the impending budget deficit for at least a couple of years and the past several Five Year Forecast presentations have also shown this impending deficit. We had hoped to put a levy on the ballot last year but we had a transition in our treasurer's department and had an interim treasurer in working until we hired a treasurer near the end of last year (that started in August). Ultimately, the board decided at a special board meeting on June 13 to proceed with a levy in November 2018. In hindsight, even with the uncertainty in the treasurer’s office, the board agrees we should have moved forward with a levy sooner.

Also, why do you blackmail the families that attend Streetsboro City School District by taking away bussing unless the levy passes...then immediately reinstate bussing as soon as the levy passes?

If the levy doesn't pass, we will be forced to cut more than 1.3 million dollars (or more) from the budget. If we go to the State minimum in busing with a 1 mile walk distance (no busing for high school students and no busing for students within 1 mile of their school) the district will save in operational costs of approximately $441,282.00. This is a significant savings for the district and is one of many cuts that would be considered to address the deficit.

What happened to the funding that was meant for the new high school? The levy specifically for the high school should have eliminated an issue like this.

The high school was completely funded by a 5.06 mill bond issue passed by voters in 2013. This bond issue was a co-funded project with the State of Ohio where the residents paid for 65% of the total project and the State paid for 35% of the project. The bond issue also included money (LFI- Local Funded Initiatives) for extra space at the elementary, an 800 seat auditorium at the high school, a new stadium and a separate .5 mills for maintenance on the new buildings. The scope of the project included a new high school, renovations and additions to create the new middle school, and renovations and additions to create Streetsboro Elementary School. The old middle school is now the Annex which is used for athletics and staff development. Bond issues can ONLY be used for building and renovating buildings and this specific bond issue was specific to what was listed above and in partnership with the Ohio Schools Construction Commission. This bond issue CANNOT be used for operations (salaries, utilities, busing, curriculum, etc.). The total co-funded project came in on-time and on-budget. Also, the size of the buildings was based on enrollment projections completed by the State prior to the project and all square-footage for the buildings was based on that enrollment projection.

"Read the answer to "" Is an Assistant Superintendent necessary ? "" Makes sense as it stands . If the levy doesn't pass, it looks like this individual will have a lot less programs to guide , and fewer folks to oversee. Why was this individual excluded from the list of possible cuts? "

This position is not being considered for elimination. As mentioned previously, regardless of programming cuts, this position wears many "hats" and has many responsibilities and cannot be cut.

How will cutting AP classes save the schools money?

We will not be cutting AP classes.

Has the district requested a performance audit? https://www.ohioauditor.gov/performance.html

The district has not requested a performance audit at this time.

Has the board considered offering “early retirement” to any of the older, higher paid, teachers? This may allow for the position to be filled with a new teacher at a lower salary OR possibly save multiple lower paid positions, like the lunch aids and recess guards?

The board has not discussed any type of early retirement incentives. This would have to be negotiated with both unions.

I read that since 2010 enrollment has increased well more than 200 students. After reading the 6/30/2017 SCSD Enrollment statics I actually read a decrease in 2010 we had 2215 and in 2017 we had 2166 and today we have conflicting totals either 2150 or if you go from the report card 2118. So, am I missing the increase in enrollment?"

The enrollment in October of 2010 was 2146 students (October was used for funding by the State). The current enrollment is 2338 students. Please note that enrollment can fluctuate monthly up or down so this number is always changing. Also, we are in the process of looking into our attendance data reported through EMIS (used for the report card) in order to determine why our "hard counts" differ from what is reported at the Ohio Department of Education.

During the winter months... do you think it’s a good idea to freeze the staff and students???? My children come home everyday complaining about it being too cold!! It is definitely unsafe to have heavy coats and hats on during school and some children even have blankets on daily??? Can this be reconsidered?? Getting heat in school

The building temperatures across the district were reset from 71 degrees to 68 degrees. We modified the warm-up process to start earlier so the buildings should be up to temperature by the time students and staff arrive. Also, we have worked over the past month to balance the heat in the buildings. We discovered some areas were cooler/warmer than 68 degrees.

What were the most recent school levies for?

In 2016 there was a current expense renewal approved and a permanent improvement renewal approved. The current expense was for 3.6 mills and the PI renewal was for 1.5 mills.

How many levies and mils were on the ballot to get money to build the new building(s)?

In 2013 a bond levy was approved for 4.56 mills to pay for the new buildings through tax year 2048. Also in order to secure funding from the OFCC (State) the District had to pass a permanent improvement levy just for the new buildings. This permanent improvement levy was for .50 mills and is continuing.

When was the last time we had an operational levy on the ballot?

The last new money operational/current expense levy was passed in 2010 for 3.9 mills.

The levies that were passed to build and remodel the building(s) will eventually go away or run out, right?

The levy that was passed to build the buildings was a bond levy. A bond levy is a property tax levy used to provide a school district with local revenue for construction purposes. Streetsboro CSD bond levy will expire in tax year 2048. The other levy that was passed for building construction was a .5 mill permanent improvement levy. Permanent improvement levies that are passed are to be used for acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation, upkeep and financing of general ongoing permanent improvements that have a lifespan of 5 years. PI funds cannot be used as operating funds. PI funds are renewable levies, however the PI levy that was passed for the building projects is a continuing levy with no expiration.

How much are residents with a house valued at $100,000 currently paying on permanent operational expenses for the schools?

The school district has three continuing current expense levies. The estimated cost on a $100,000 home annually is $619.

How much are residents with a house valued at $100,000 currently paying on renewable operational expenses for the schools?

The school district currently has 3 operational/current expense renewal levies. The estimated cost on a $100,000 home annually is $302.

What is the maximum amount of people allowed in a classroom at the high school? Safety of the students is a top concern. The high school was over max occupancy in certain classrooms when it opened in January of 2017.

The capacity of the instructional classrooms at the high school is 40. The large group room on the first floor has a capacity significantly larger and the small group rooms and radio/tv station have smaller capacity limits. When we moved into the building, the capacity signs were made incorrect and indicated the wrong capacity. None of the high school classrooms have classes that exceed the capacity for the rooms they are in.

Is this May levy going to be a renewable or permanent operational levy?

The levy in May is a 9 mill 5 year limited levy that is renewable.

Did we add programs before having money for them in the budget? If so, why?

New programs have been added over the past few years and we had the money in the budget to support these programs. Even though our expenditures exceeded our revenue beginning last year, we have been fortunate to have a large cash balance each year. We are on target to finish the year with a positive cash balance but on track to finish with a negative cash balance next year (thus the need for additional operating dollars). If we do not pass a levy in May, many of the opportunities we have created over the years for our students are in jeopardy of being cut. It is against the law to finish the year in the red.

Has the Board of Education considered volunteer hours has a graduation requirement to help save money? So we would not paying game workers for sports as an example. There will be more involvement with the community.

The board and the high school administration has not considered using volunteers as you propose. However, this idea will be presented to the high school administration to see if it is a viable option. Thank you for thinking out-of-the-box to try and find ways to save money and involve students.

A levy is passed and people pay mils of the 35% assessed taxes on their house. Then more people build houses and move into Streetsboro. The cost of taxes to the people stays the same or decreases? Does the amount of money going to the schools increase with each newly built house and new family in Streetsboro?

Taxes are paid on the assessed value of a home, which is 35% of the appraised value. When new homes are built in Streetsboro and families move in, the tax burden is spread across that many more homes. This potentially can decrease the tax burden.

When new homes are built the tax burden is spread across the existing homes and the new ones at the same millage that was voted in. Therefore the District does not receive any increase in funds when new homes are built.

Since it appears we will have to make cuts regardless of the outcome of the levy, how quickly will we know exactly what will be cut for the 2019/2020 school year?

The first round of cuts will be outlined at the board meeting on March 14, 2019. Employees impacted by these cuts will be notified in person after the board meeting.

"According to the Ohio Department of Treasury Randy Tevepaugh is getting paid $89,549.00 for Supervisor/Manager Assignment and $63,000.00 for Director Assignment. If theses are two full time jobs why is one person getting paid both salaries? If one person can do both jobs then the jobs should be part time, and less pay?

Randy Tevepaugh makes one salary of $92,938.54 per year for his positions in the district. The information you accessed from the Ohio Department of Treasury shows his salary when he was only the Athletic Director ($63,000) and his new salary as District Administrator in charge of Athletics and Maintenance and Facilities from two years ago ($89,549.00).

Streetsboro City Schools Financial Q&A Continued...

Would Surround Care be shutdown as well as part of 4pm closures?

Currently Surround Care is a self-funded program from the tuition paid by parents. As long as it remains self-funded, it will remain open. However, if the levy fails in May, all areas of our operations will be evaluated for possible cuts.

What are the 2 levy items on the ballot in November for? Why do we have to keep doing renewals? What gets cut if those levies don't pass?

Both of the renewals are general operating renewals. One is for 3.5 mills (estimated $1,494,650) and the other is for 3.9 mills (estimated $1,743,523) totaling an estimated $3,238,173. Renewal operating levies generate dollars used for the operations of the district. Levy renewals happen due to a levy cycle. The renewals you are referring to expire every five years. In order for the district to keep these levies active, once expired or expiring they have to go up for renewal through voter approval. If one or both of these renewals were to fail, we would have to cut that dollar amount from our operating budget until a new levy was approved.

How was the district not cutting back for the last few years in an attempt to reduce the financial crisis that we are currently in?

We have added several elective programs throughout the past few years in order to enhance the education of our students and provide them with additional opportunities. The distict is actually lean in the core areas (and primary grades), but elective heavy (reason stated in first sentence). We have always critically analyzed the hiring of additional staff and made responsible decisions regarding the additions of new programming. If the levy fails in May, these additional opportunities are at risk of being cut.

Can you please advise what the cost difference is between last years busing routes vs this year?

This school year is still ongoing and there are still expenses associated with transportation that will continue for the remainder of the year. Therefore an analysis of this nature cannot be done until year end and all transportation costs have been incurred. We fully intend to analyze the costs along with significant feedback we have received this year regarding transportation and it is quite possible changes will be made for next year. We will work on creating an aggregate operating cost from last year and this year for comparison. However, this is not the most accurate way to measure costs associated with transportation from last year to this year.

I was reviewing the 5 Year Forecasts on the ODE website and noticed that Streetsboro didn’t report any Tangible Personal Property taxes for years 2018 through 2023. Can you elaborate?

TPP is reported in line 1.050 Property Tax Allocation in Streetsboro City School District's Five Year Forecast. Based on ODE's phase out model, the forecast assumes collections in FY 19 of $787,963, FY 20 of $516,879 and FY 21 of $245,796. With the assumption of a complete phase out by FY 22. Five Year Forecasts have a written narrative of methodology called assumptions. Those can be found on the ODE website and the District's can be found on our website as well. As for other District's reporting revenue in that line, after reading the assumptions it states that this is a PUP tax (Public Utility Property). Also in the other District's assumptions it is stated that TPP is reported in line 1.050 Property Tax Allocation.

Can you give an explanation of Permanent Improvement funds, specifically what they can and cannot be used for in the district?

Permanent Improvement funds can be used for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation and financing of general on-going permanent improvements that have a life span of 5 years. Permanent Improvement funds cannot be used as operating funds. One example would be PI funds cannot pay for the salary of an employee.

Can you advise as to what the districts total legal fees were in 2016, 2017 and also for current YTD 2018?

Legal fees in FY 15-16 were $217,547.05, in FY 16-17 $245,280.85, in FY 17-18 $425,004.47, and current $129,574.37. We are currently projecting legal fees to be less than in previous years. However, this could easily change if new litigation is filed against the district.

Why are you leasing space to other organization for a "nominal fee that does not even remotely cover costs"? This is totally irresponsible based on your financial situation. You want taxpayers to fund the schools so others can use them at your loss? This should be illegal.

The board has established costs for renting different areas of our buildings. The fees help to cover any costs associated with extra cleaning and custodial overtime (if applicable). The goal is to allow the community to use the facilities (within reason) only when the use does not interfere with school-sponsored activities.

We have many quality teachers, how are we going to get our test scores up as a district? We need to openly address this and not avoid the topic. It is a topic of concern when voting for a levy in our household.

Test scores continue to be a focus for the district as well. We fully acknowledge there needs to be improvement. Currently we are engaged in several initiatives to address student achievement. All of our teachers in grades K-3 are currently involved in a project funded by ODE which focuses on changing the way we teacher reading. After year one, our district had better results than any other district in Ohio involved in the program. Over time, we are hopeful this will help student achievement in reading and help our test scores. In addition, we are having our teachers be more intentional with using online assessments in their classrooms throughout the year so students don't feel overwhelmed when they take the state test in April. Teachers are explaining what the tools are on the state assessments, explaining what they are used for and then have the students practice using the tools.

How will these cuts impact bussing?

Currently we do not have plans to change busing. However, if the levy fails in May busing will likely be reduced to State minimum. This means that only students in grades K-8 would be transported by bus and no student within a two mile driving distance of their school would be bussed. Also, all high school students would have to provide their own transportation to and from school. The Board of Education would have to approve this cost-saving measure.

What functions take place at the annex in the morning? Dropping my son off at the middle school, I notice the lights are on the annex. Would it not make sense to make cuts where you can? Why have lights on at 7:00am in the annex. It could save a couple dollars.

Currently our copy center is housed at the Annex and it is used during the day for staff development. When it is not used, we are making an effort to turn the lights off to save on electric. After 2:30 PM, the annex is used for wrestling, baseball and softball. Our custodians have been instructed to make sure all lights are turned off in areas that are not being used. Also, new schedules for heating/cooling and lights have been made and over the next few weeks the control systems will be reprogrammed. Essentially, we are turning down the heat in all the buildings during the day and a warm up schedules and shut down schedules are being tightened up. We are hoping this will show a savings in our utilities in all buildings.

There is much discussion regarding the levy cost based on a property value of $100,000. Is the $100,000 reference the Property Market Value (100%) or the Assessed (35%) Property Value?

Calculation of the levy cost based on a $100,000 home is calculated by taking $100,000 (value of the home) multiplied by 35% to determine the assessed value. For this example the assessed value would be $35,000. You then take the assessed value of $35,000 and multiply by the proposed millage. For this example, let's use 7.5 as the millage. So, $35,000 (assessed value) multiplied by 7.5 mils equals $262,500. Then take $262,500 and divide by 1000 to reach the impact of the property tax on a $100,000 home. For this example the impact would be $262.50.

In my parental opinion, I do feel that our children get too many chances to “fix” their answers on academic tests. They are allowed to take a math test (for example) and then fix the wrong answers after the test, in order to get a better grade. This then affects their test scores on State tests because they are so used to getting soooo many chances. They approach tests, with the thought that they can always “fix” their wrong answers. We should not be sitting at award ceremonies, where every student is an “A, B” student, at Defer. This is unrealistic. As a parent, I would like to see my children take their tests, get their grade, and that’s it. Even if they get a bad grade. No more chances.

Current educational research supports the idea that students learn at different times. Students are expected to know the state standards by the end of the academic year. If a student hasn't mastered a skilled in September, it doesn't mean they will never learn the skill. It means the teacher has until May to make sure they are proficient in that area. This concept of test corrections is used to see if students made a error in calculations/ideas or truly didn't understand the concept.

Regarding the upcoming levy, a few questions come to mind that could help residents: 1) explain what the levy money is used for and what it cannot be used towards, 2) I think a lot of people don't understand what a mil is, and how much money 1 mil generates. The schools could provide a breakdown of what this could cost residents on a monthly basis (you could have a chart, or direct them to a website), 3) If we passed a 10 mil levy, would that get us caught up to where we need to be? And would we have to pass another high mil levy after this one ends, to keep things operating where they should be? 4) What are the short and long term effects of the levy passing and failing? Lastly, marketing for the levy has to increase. A lot of people weren't aware of the November issue. I know part of the responsibility falls on residents to stay informed and be active, but not everyone does this. Could the schools or the levy committee send information flyers home about the levy (just facts, not asking them to vote "yes" or "no")? Continue to offer an online Q&A session with Mr. Daulbaugh, and hold some public meetings at each schools to showcase each building, and the services and educators each offers. The more channels we use to get information out, the more educated the public will be.

1. This levy will be an operating levy and if passed it can be used to fund district operations. District operations can range from an employee's salary to a chromebook. 2. One mil in Streetsboro generates $491,110. If your home is valued at $100,000 then 1 mil on that property would generate $35.00. 3. School district funding changes and funding schools is an ongoing process that is evaluated regularly. 4. The short and long term effects would have to be evaluated based on the millage that is decided by the Board of Education to place on the May ballot. The district plans to continue with the question/answer bank so that people can ask questions about the levy or school finances. Also, the levy committee is hoping to get more help from residents in order to get the word out. We welcome any feedback and ideas residents may have regarding getting information to the public.

In the past few years our district has added assistant superintendent and assistant principals in most if not all buildings. What is the yearly cost of these positions? In corporate downsizing, middle management is one of the first logical cuts.

The district did not add an assistant superintendent. Mrs. Curtis was already the director of curriculum, federal programs director, gifted coordinator and testing coordinator. When the superintendent had health issues, her title was changed to assistant superintendent and she was moved to a 260 day contract (from a 220). Additionally, when Wait Primary and Campus Elementary were combined there were two principals. When one left, we downsized to an assistant principal (from a full principal) and saved money. Also, when the district moved the 6th grade to the middle school, the Defer assistant principal moved to the middle school. When the assistant principal was at Defer, we did move her from half time to full time in anticipation of the move to the middle school (where a full time assistant is needed). There is no longer an assistant principal at Defer. The high school has always had an assistant principal. In summary, the district has reduced a principal to an assistant principal (when Wait and Campus combined) and moved the assistant principal at Defer from half time to full time when the position went to the middle school. Yearly salary costs for these positions are: Assistant Superintendent: $103,000, Elementary Assistant Principal: $81,600, Middle School Assistant Principal: $71,400, High School Assistant Principal: $88,217.

How much of our district operating funds supports the athletics program? The district sport fees are very low and could be increased so that the programs can be more self sustaining, if they are not already. I would imagine a sport like football incurs a significantly higher cost due to the equipment and uniforms alone. Are the football there sport fees higher versus other sports that do not require as much equipment? In general though does the money needed support the school athletics? While they are an important component, the programs should be sustaining the majority of their own operating costs.

In 2011, sports fees were approved by the Board of Education. High School sports fees are $150 per sport. Of the $150 in fees, $90 goes towards operating costs (General Fund) and $60 goes into the athletic account. Middle School sport fees are $100 per sport. Of the $100 in fees, $65 goes towards operating costs (General Fund) and $35 goes into the athletic account. In 2012, the Board of Education approved a $450 cap on sports fees. Operating funds (General Fund) mainly cover payment for coaches and gameworkers.

Why don't we sell the Stevenson property/Board property and move everyone from there and the board office to the annex?

The Stevenson property where our current technology hub is located as well as the treasurer's department is also the home to the controls for the lift station and the lift station (for waste to be pumped into the city sewer system) for Henry Defer Intermediate School and the Head Start Building adjacent to the house. We cannot sell this property without moving the controls to the lift station and the lift station. Also, we believe the Annex (old Middle School) will need to be used in the future to house students.

Are music, technology, art and PE classes required? Or are these classes in the position to be cut as well?

All areas (curriculum, services, operations, etc) are being considered for cuts. Specifically, the State of Ohio requires Physical Education to be taught by a licensed Physical Education teacher. Art and Music classes are not required at the elementary and middle grades.

Will all the schools potentially lose the Akron Children's Hospital clinic staff?

We are currently looking into reducing the nursing services we receive from Akron Children's Hospital in order to save money. We cannot completely eliminate the service.

I had this question after attending the School Board special meeting this past Wednesday. Does the calculated income from the levy is based solely on existing homes or are they also forecasting the future new homes in development. If my research and math is correct, there are 450-535 new homes in development or planned in Streetsboro. Most are in the range of $250-300k homes. That’s $374K-$468K on the conservative end of levy income. Is this included in the numbers currently being shared to the city? Just curious. Thank you.

The revenue collected from a levy is based solely upon the current property owners in the city. When new homes are built, the existing voted millage from levy's is spread out between all property owners. Thus, as new homes are built, the current voted millage goes down for homeowners (the amount of money you pay will go down as it is spread equally among all homeowners). The new millage for the levy in May can only be calculated on the current property owners in Streetsboro. While we know there are many new homes being built, we cannot account for those homes until they are sold and occupied. As I mentioned above, as new homes are sold and occupied, the voted millage from levies will be spread out among all homeowners (thus decreasing the tax burden).

What are the possible cuts for next year if it fails in May? Or is it too soon to say?

The menu of possible cuts will be presented to the board soon. We also plan to post these on our website.

The district has an athletic director that serves as maintenance supervisor also. He has an assistant supervisor two secretaries and middle school has athletic director. Wouldn't there be cost savings to district by cutting staffing in these dept. and no impact to students or classrooms.

We are currently looking at all areas in the district for potential cost savings; maintenance and athletics included. These potential cuts will be presented to the board soon and then posted on the website.

You say you are looking at copier paper - but have a 200k total budget for copiers/printers too. Have you looked at also reducing print cartridge costs?

We are currently looking at our contract with the company that provides our copiers and looking for ways to reduce expenditures in this area.

Have you looked an an energy audit/plan to reduce costs? Usually these are performed at a cost but paid out of the savings that the district accomplishes.

The district is currently in the beginning stages of having an energy audit completed.

I asked the question regarding the lights on in the annex at 7 am in the morning. Your answer does not answer the question. Using the annex as the copy center does not require lights on all night and in the am. Also maybe moving the copy center to each building. Secondly, you state its used for staff development in the afternoon. That does not address 7am. Lastly, you advise custodians to turn them off. That's our money and our kids education at risk when they choose not to listen to your advice. Your answer for this question is not very supportive of saving money.

A custodian works at the Annex in the mornings cleaning the areas used from the night before. All custodians have been instructed to begin turning off lights in areas they are not working in. The copy center is a center where large quantities of copies are made. It contains three large machines to do this work and when teachers utilize the copy center for larger jobs, there is a significant savings in the price per page. The copy center cannot be located in other buildings. There is not room for it elsewhere.

In regards to someone else's question of renting buildings out at a nominal fee. Why would you not increase the rate at which they are rented out. I realize it's a community thing and trying to help the community, however it seems as if the "renters" would understand the increase in cost to support "our school community" and what is best for the children of the future.

The district is currently analyzing the rates we charge to use our facilities. While no recommendation has been made yet, I would anticipate there will be an increase in rates for the use of our buildings.

Is there really a need for an assistant superintendent and assistant principals in each building ? Our district is not that large.

The Assistant Superintendent in Streetsboro performs the job duties that most districts have several individuals fulfilling. The Assistant Superintendent in Streetsboro performs the duties of the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Federal Programs Director, the district Gifted Coordinator and the District Testing Coordinator. Normally, most of these jobs are filled by different employees in a district. Having all of these duties assigned to the Assistant Superintendent saves the district money. Also, we currently have an assistant principal at Streetsboro Elementary School, Streetsboro Middle School and Streetsboro High School. Due to enrollment and management of the buildings (discipline, evaluation, curriculum), assistant principals are needed in all three buildings. However, if the levy fails in May, we will have to evaluate all positions in the district.

Will the eighth graders next year go on the Washington D.C trip?

If the levy fails in May, the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. trip would likely be canceled for next year.